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By James Kelley

Textual content and targeted pictures current the heritage, recommendations, and fascinating evidence of baseball. Base ball [sic] beginnings -- delivery of the professionals --The Babe -- the main Leagues -- The diamond -- Bats and balls -- Baseball gloves -- Hats and helmets -- Uniforms -- Pitching -- Catching -- Infield and outfield -- Batting -- Baserunning -- whats up, Blue! -- playing cards and stats -- foreign baseball -- Negro Leagues -- A child's video game -- girls in baseball -- Ballparks -- Baseball corridor of status -- global sequence background -- global sequence heroes --The domestic run -- do you know? -- Baseball calendar/Making the Majors

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Junior” reached 350 career home runs faster than any player in major-league history. 30 (c) 2011 Dorling Kindersley. All Rights Reserved. High kick with front leg “THE GREATEST HITTER WHO EVER LIVED” Eyes on the ball This sequence (clockwise from top left) shows the form of Ted Williams, the Red Sox outfielder whose childhood dream was to be the greatest hitter of all time. His dream came true. 344 with 521 home runs, even though he gave up five seasons to military service. Combining power, average, and an unerring eye, the “Splendid Splinter” could flat-out hit.

He holds the career record for World Series home runs with 18, hitting them when his team needed them most. He holds the record for most homers by a switch-hitter, showing his power from both sides of the plate. And he hit what has been called the longest home-run ever, a mammoth 565-foot blast in 1952 in Washington’s Griffith Stadium. If not for his constant injury problems, Mantle may have caught the Babe, too. Mantle’s speed and Oklahoma hometown earned him his nickname: The Commerce Comet. RECORD BREAKER With this mighty swing on Septiember 8, 1998, Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire hit his major-league record 62nd home run of the season, capping off a remarkable chase of the mark of 61 set by Roger Maris in 1961.

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